La Cantine Russe - Russian Restaurant with entertainment
This is a Russian restaurant in Paris located with the conservatory for performing arts and although open for lunch, of an evening you can enjoy an a la carte meal along with free entertainment whether it be people single folk songs, arias, or even dancing.
About La Cantine Russe Russian Restaurant and Entertainment in Paris
The professional music school and performing arts school called the Conservatoire Russe de Paris Serge Rachmaninoff, provides numerous concerts and different performances throughout the year, yet there is also a Russian restaurant located within the building, which provides traditional Russian cuisine.
The elegant decor of the restaurant with its crisp white tablecloths contrasting with the rich reds and velvet curtains, combined with soft lighting along with a small stage with all the spotlights, makes this an unusual venue for an evening meal.
However, there is also an outside terrace area within the courtyard of the Russian Conservatory, which is laid out of an evening during the warmer months, complete with sun canopies and candelabras placed in the centre of the tables, again laid out in the same way as inside.
Dining of an evening inside means that not only can you experience the Russian cuisine, but also enjoy non stop performances from many of the students at the school who will perform anything from folk songs through to dance, opera and much more, and often accompanied by a traditional Russian string instrument called a Balalaika. Yet later in the evening you can listen to Russian disco favourites and dance the night away until the early hours.
Yet when you dine here, do not expect top notch service or presentation like you would get in lots of restaurants in Paris, as it seems like going back in time by about twenty plus years to how a traditional Russian restaurant would have been like, where it almost seems to be a happy go lucky type of atmosphere, but you can still have an enjoyable evening in an unusual and unique venue.
The Cuisine at the Cantine Russe Restaurant in Paris
Of a lunchtime at La Cantine Russe there is a fixed price menu with either a start and main course or a main course and dessert for €19 as of 2014 and starters could be a salad or Borscht, which is a traditional beetroot soup.
The main course could be Varenyky, which is like a stuffed dumpling with a choice of either beef or cabbage and mushrooms, but perhaps Pozharsky, which is similar to like a Kiev, or Mussels in white wine or cream accompanied by fries would be more to your liking. However, there is also a childrens menu available for those under the age of 10 at a cost of €12.
When it comes to an evening, this Russian restaurant in Paris provides an a la carte menu with delights for starters such as Blinis with salmon and creme fraiche, or Oukha, which is a fish soup with vodka, creme fraiche and caviar and vary in cost from around €8 up to €18.
Main courses as of 2014 start from around €20 at La Cantine Russe and could be Babouchka, which is a beef dish with mashed potato, vegetables and haricot beans, Beef Stroganoff with mushrooms and onions, Chicken Kiev or Shashluk kebabs with a choice of chicken or pork. You can then order different accompaniments such as rice or fries for €3 per portion. And the desserts could be gateaux, blinis, apple tart and sorbets, which start from €6.50.
Visiting the Cantine Russe in Paris
You will find the Cantine Russe open from midday through to 3pm and then from 7pm through to 1am on a Monday to Saturday, yet it is closed on a Sunday and on certain other dates, so it is always wise to check prior to arriving.
Evening performances at this restaurant in Paris start from 8pm, plus we would like to point out that bookings are recommended for an evening, as there are limited spaces available.
The Cantine Russe is located in an ideal situation right by the River Seine in the 16th Arrondissement and is close to numerous different tourist attractions in Paris including the Palais de Tokyo, the Musee Quai Branly, the impressive fountains within the Trocadero Gardens by the Palais de Chaillot and many others including the Eiffel Tower on the opposite bank.
And you will find the Russian restaurant located in between the Pont d’Alma bridge near to the Flamme de la Liberte, with the Pont d’Iena bridge the other way, and the closest Metro stations are the Iena stop of the Alma-Marceau stop, yet there is also a Batobus water bus docking station reasonably close as well.
Address and Contact Details
La Cantine Russe
Conservatoire Russe de Paris Serge Rachmaninoff
26 Avenue de New York
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 47 20 56 12
- Conservatoire Russe de Paris Serge Rachmaninoff
Tourist attractions close by
- Pont d’Alma bridge
- Flamme de la Liberte
- Pont d’Iena bridge
- Trocadero Gardens
- Palais de Chaillot
- Eiffel Tower
- Champ de mars
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